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2017 Eclipse Blog / FAQ

What will the eclipse be like in (any location not in the path)?

We had a question about where the best viewing location would be in Hawaii.  But Hawaii is not in the path of totality, so from there one will only see a partial eclipse.  This means they have to use eye protection for the whole eclipse.  For the partial eclipse in Hawaii, pretty much anywhere is as good as anyplace else, as long as the weather is good.

And that goes for anyplace else that’s not in the path.  You have to use eye protection, and have good weather, but beyond that, it would be like saying “Where’s the best place I can go to see the Moon?  Well, anywhere… IF you’re not going to be in the path of totality!

We recommend everyone get to the path, and see what totality is all about!

24 Responses to “What will the eclipse be like in (any location not in the path)?”

  1. Suzanne says:

    what cities in America will see totally in 2017 and 2024? it looks like the paths make an “X” near Tennessee. Nice job. thanks for all the information

  2. Dwight says:

    I understand that Fresno is in the approximate 70% coverage zone. That being the case, how dark should we expect it to get…a cloudy overcast appearance? or more to the darker twilight ? or something darker?

    • Admin says:

      At 70%, you will get a sense that something is going on, but unless you have eye protection and look at the eclipse happening, it’s doubtful you’d notice anything. Possibly a slight sharpening of your shadow on the ground. It is really not possible to over-emphasize this: If you are not in the path on eclipse day, you are going to come away feeling like this hype was a whole lot of excitement about not much. If you are in the path, you are not going to believe the mind-bending awesome thing you see. Hope you can make it to the path.


  3. Carrie says:

    What percentage of the eclipse will it be for Tazewell Virginia?? And how long will it last for that area as well??

  4. Karen says:

    Can Tacoma Washington folks see any part of the eclipse?

  5. My husband is a site-superintendent & his job takes us to different cities in Georgia & we have been in Monroeville Alabama for 15 month’s. But he has been sent to Bastrop Texas 2 week’s ago for him to take over the overseeing of a Kay Jeweler’s until the end of September. I’m seeing that it’s saying The Lone Star State of Texas will not get to see anything. What a BUMMER if this is TRUE! Will there not even be a PARTIAL ECLIPSE TO SEE IN BASTROP TEXAS? I know the newspaper is advertising watching the Total Eclipse Party at the State Park. So there’s too many conflicting stories about this! 2 of the project manager’s flew into Bastrop today & one of them said it can be seen in some part of Tennessee & they are getting their 3 children & driving there so they can see it. Can anyone please enlighten me on the TRUTH TO THIS? I’d GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.

  6. J. D. says:

    For Raleigh, NC….

    What percentage?

    I’ll need eclipse glasses, right?

    • Admin says:

      Raleigh is NOT in the path of totality; therefore, everyone there needs eye protection to view the partial phases at all times!

  7. Ross says:

    Will the eclipse be around Thomasville Ga?

  8. Carol Elise says:

    i will be in the path in western north carolina. 50/50 chance of cloud cover. if its cloudy will it still be something unbelievable that i will never, ever forget?

    • Admin says:

      You will need to be able to SEE totality, in order to see totality… Otherwise, it will not be the event that it should have been!

  9. Michael Joseph says:

    What is the best time on Monday to see the eclipse in Raleigh, NC?

  10. David B says:

    Could you describe what the different percentages will see? Like 80% versus 90% and 90% on up? Or is there any real differences? I’m around Cincinnati, 91%. Thanks

    • Admin says:

      You can’t really tell much till about 85%. From there, it gets more and more interesting as you get a deeper partial. If you really cannot travel, please feel free to report what you see at 91% to our Eclipse Memories page!

      Please remember to ALWAYS use certified eye protection outside of the path!

  11. Matt McDonald says:

    What time will the eclipse pass through Dallas, TX?

  12. Escarole sharritts says:

    Please explain how the eclipse started in Oregon and go S E since the sun rises in the East?? I am totally confused!!!yes I already asked that but I don’t see a response.

    • Admin says:

      This thread was begun earlier, and I gave an answer to it. There were so many people accusing NASA of creating a conspiracy that I was forced to shut it down. We all saw on eclipse day that totality did INDEED travel from west to east. Please find that other blog thread for my very clear explanation.


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